Cath Senker

Cath Senker - Author, editor, teacher

With 30 years’ experience in publishing, I have written around 170 books for children of all ages, from history, biography, global and social issues to world religions, human geography and environmental topics. I also write for adults. I'm currently working on a book to help children develop their writing skills.

In December 2018, Far From Home, Refugees and Migrants Fleeing War, Persecution and Poverty won the 2018 Educational Writers' Award.


I edit children's educational, trade and  fiction titles; adult non-fiction and craft books; academic reports and online materials. I currently commission and edit the Royal Literary Fund (RLF) Consultant Fellow blogs.


I am a Student Academic Success Advisor at the University of Sussex Business School, offering academic advice to students in one-to-one and group sessions.

I teach English to refugees and migrants at the Migrant English Project and run a story-reading group for the students.

Featured Book

Stranded in the Six-Day War

The extraordinary story of the 14 merchant ships trapped in the Suez Canal at the start of the Six-Day War in June 1967.

Listen to a podcast about the story. Watch the Al Jazeera documentary.

This is a brilliantly researched and written account of an almost forgotten incident in the 1967 Middle East war. It's full of tasty nuggets of detail. The war stranded ships that were passing through the Suez Canal, and created a unique community of marooned seafarers. Recommended.

Jeremy Bowen, August 2017 (BBC Middle East editor and author of Six Days: How the 1967 War Shaped the Middle East).

Stranded in the Six-Day War, Cath Senker

From my blog

Eight Years Stuck on the Suez Canal

Shortly after being freed from the banks of the Suez Canal on 29th March, the Ever Given was impounded with its crew still aboard. But it’s not the first time a cargo ship has been ...
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Stuck in the Suez Canal – the short version

Never got round to reading Stranded in the Suez Canal? Don't worry - here's the short version. Bombers overhead Aboard the Agapenor, Suez Canal, 5 June 1967 09.00: Peter Flack, serving as third mate on ...
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The Ever Given

The Suez Canal: from the 1967 war to the Ever Given

On 23 March, strong gusts of wind drove the giant Ever Given completely off course as it passed through the Suez Canal. A sandstorm created poor visibility, affecting navigation. The vessel ran aground, its vast ...
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